Is a Memorial Service for a Non-Muslim Permissible in Islam?
  • Question:

    The father of my grand-daughter who is not muslim died very suddenly and she wanted a funeral service for him here. His family want to send him back to his homeland Bangladesh. Can she have a memorial service after he has been buried back in his homeland?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Regarding the question of a memorial service, I am unaware of anything within Islam that would prohibit this in the situation you describe. Your grand-daughter is perfectly in her right to host a memorial service for her deceased father.

    You should also note that what has been mentioned regarding “his soul being stuck here on earth and will never rest” is baseless speculation. Islam has not commanded anyone to judge the next-worldly fate of individuals. This is a matter left to God. Additionally, I cannot see what connection this has to the stance Islam takes towards memorial services.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas.

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